One of our most engaged schools are celebrating a massive win after being named as the winner of The Entrepreneurial Schools (TES) 2019 UK award.
Dunoon Grammar School travelled to Helsinki for the awards which recognise the best schools in the UK and Europe for delivering entrepreneurial education.
It was the first time since the inception of the sector-leading award in 2015 that a Scottish Secondary School has won the TES award.
The judges agreed unanimously that Dunoon Grammar had thoroughly embedded enterprise throughout its curriculum and that commitment of the teachers to enterprise education was excellent.
The YE Scotland team had identified a real entrepreneurial flair within the school while being strong advocated of our 'learning by doing' ethos and had nominated the school earlier in the year.
Dunoon Grammar School is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and a recognition of the benefits that embedding of enterprise education can bring to young people in future life and work.
"I am delighted to see a school benefiting not just from the Young Enterprise Scotland suite of programmes but recognising the broad range of programmes available through the Scottish Government initiative- Scotland's Enterprising Schools. This result is evidence that this initiative is having impact in schools with the young people being the ultimate beneficiary.
The award is judged using a number of criteria based on assessment of the level of entrepreneurship education activities which include most of the teachers and the students. It also shows that the school has a vision and a plan for entrepreneurship education and there are specific recourses allocated education.
Judging is also based on the degree that the school has actively supported teachers'continuing professional development and training within entrepreneurship education and how the school includes the local community and business sector in the activities.
Enterprise education is the catalyst to our school actively living our vision, to be at the heart of our community. Our young people are regularly immersed in a diverse range of rich, experiential enterprise activities within real and relevant contexts.
Young Enterprise Scotland has been a constant support on our journey as we aim to develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in our young people. The enterprise opportunities they offer through the Company Programme and The Tenner Challenge are unrivalled.
It is a fantastic honour for our young people and indeed wider school community to receive this European recognition from The Entrepreneurial School Award 2019.We are delighted the talents and creativity of our pupils have been celebrated in this way. I am excited as to how this award will galvanise them to innovate further in the future.
One major example of the enterprise work carried out by Dunoon Grammar School is their participation in our Company Programme - the ultimate business and enterprise experience for S5/S6 pupils in schools across Scotland.
The pupils set-up and run their own company during the academic year with support from local business volunteers and the team at YES. Pupils develop a wide range of skills and receive an invaluable entrepreneurial experience. It enables young people to show off their innovation and creativity, as well as showcasing their entrepreneurial attitude.
In addition, the programme now sits at SCQF Level 6 with between 26 - 30 Credit Points, the equivalent of a Higher, meaning that students' hard work and entrepreneurial drive will be even more easily recognised by future education providers and employers.
The Dunoon Grammar School YES team was crowned Argyll and Bute Company of the Year 2018.
Sending his congratulations to the School was Argyll and Bute MSP, Michael Russell
Dunoon Grammar School has, for many years now, been a massive force for good in Cowal, helping our young people step confidently forward into the world.
This is not only another example of how well pupils, staff and parents excel in their mission but also a great example of a rural school achieving at the very highest level.
Everyone - including our community -should be immensely proud. I am looking forward to passing my own congratulations on directly during my next visit to this exciting and vibrant school
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